Was suspension for Rondo appropriate?

Enough is enough

Teddy Greenstein


Chicago Tribune

I can live with the one-game clip. But if I were dean of discipline, Rajon Rondo also would have to agree to some conditions.


Start with publicly apologizing to official Marc Davis. Acknowledge that you intentionally bumped him. He didn't get in your way, as you pathetically claimed.

Go to some elementary schools and tell the kids that what you did was inexcusable. They look up to you; they're watching you. Why should they respect referees after seeing what you did?

Admit you have an anger problem. You threw a ball at an official's chest in February, drawing a two-game suspension. What is this, European soccer? Cross the line again and you should miss at least 10 games. Enough is enough.

Contact is contact

Paul Doyle

Hartford Courant

There doesn't seem to be much room for debate when an NBA player makes contact with an official. A suspension is coming, no matter the excuse from the player or his team.

In this case, it's obvious Rajon Rondo was pursuing referee Marc Davis after earning a technical foul. Rondo may say he tripped or that the contact was inadvertent or whatever, but contact is contact and there's no doubt he let his emotions get the best of him.

So a one-game suspension seems about right. And really, the bigger question surrounding this story is why Rondo unraveled with his Celtics making a run against the Hawks.

His outburst cost the Celtics a chance to win Game 1 against the Hawks and it could very well prevent them from winning Game 2. The guy needs to grow up.


Slap on the wrist

Mike Berardino

Sun Sentinel

A one-game suspension for bumping an official?

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo should consider himself fortunate that's all the punishment he'll receive in light of the poor judgment he showed Sunday in Atlanta.

If those same athletes are allowed to physically intimidate the folks with the whistles, chaos will quickly ensue.

Respect for authority is a vital component of our games.

Rondo seems to have a problem with this concept, having fired a ball at an official in February, a transgression that earned him a two-game suspension.

For him to get wrist-slapped with one game this time around seems pretty light to me.

Clumsy tripping excuse

Ben Bolch

Los Angeles Times

Suspension wasn't appropriate, if only because Rajon Rondo should have been suspended an extra game for his lame tripping excuse.

Did he not think anyone would watch the replay?

You don't happen to trip and then chest-bump a referee while your mouth is moving full speed to complain about a call.

Rondo is one of the most athletic point guards in the game, but when it comes to a controversial exchange with a ref, he turns as clumsy as Tucker from "There's Something About Mary"?

Come on.

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